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Is A Bullet Camera the Right Security Camera Type For You?

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A security bullet camera makes securing your home easier than ever! And there is no doubt that security is a hot top for home owners all across the United States. The surveillance product market is booming with home owners rushing to take bigger steps to secure their families and personal property. Although some home owners are turning to local installation companies for assistance, many home owners are saving money by buying and installing CCTV equipment on their own.

The bullet camera has become the hottest and most popular security camera type for many home owners. A bullet camera is a cylinder bullet shaped camera that gives you the mounting flexibility to really install it anywhere. As long as you have a small amount of flat surface you can put a bullet camera at almost any location. Once mounted you can then simply aim the bullet camera towards any direction to secure the area you are most concerned about. Since a bullet camera includes a weatherproof and vandal proof housing, you can rest assure it is 100% protected from even the most extreme weather conditions. Besides the external shell the bullet camera also provides an unprecedented intimidation factor. The mere presence of a bullet camera shows possible intruders that you take security serious and that your perimeter is secured!

Bullet cameras come in all different types. There are some with infrared LED’s that allow you to see in total darkness, and there are some that have adjustable lenses so you can manipulate the camera to better view an area. The infrared LED’s allow the camera to capture high quality video in total darkness. So if there are areas where you are concerned about the lighting conditions, the infrared bullet camera will solve your problem. The camera will record in color during the day, but at night it will create its own light and change to black and white while continuing to provide high quality video. The infrared LED’s will sense the lighting conditions are poor, and create the light needed to ensure the camera always performs. The lens is also an important part of a bullet camera. Most bullet cameras come with either a fixed or Varifocal lens. The fixed lens is a basic lens that is set to a particular focal length. So once you plug the camera in what you see is what you get. But a Varifocal lens gives you a small lever where you can adjust the focal length of the lens to better capture an area. Although the Varifocal lens camera is best, they do come with additional cost. Most installations consist of a mixture of both Varifocal and fixed lens bullet cameras, so you can use the cameras with the varifocal lenses in the areas that are larger or more challenging to secure.

At the end of the day there are numerous security camera types that can be used for different needs, features, and applications. The bullet camera just seems to be the popular choice for most home owners today. Besides the standard features they just look the most aesthetically pleasing when mounted on the side of the house. Plus their ease of installation makes them ideal for home owners and do-it-yourselfers that have the desire to quickly secure their homes and property. 

Understanding the connections of bullet cameras:

A bullet camera has two connections coming out the back that are used for both power and video. The first connection is the power plug. This is where you must connect the power source into the camera. Most bullet cameras will take 12 VDC or 24 VAC power. And many of them will take both which is why they are called dual voltage. The power connection is where you will attach the cable coming from your power source to camera. Most people use a multi-conductor cable for this purpose. The multi-conductor cable will attach to the camera on one end, while the other end is attached to a multi-camera power supply or individual power transformer. Powering a bullet camera is easy and is really a plug and play installation.

The second connection coming out of a bullet camera is used for video. It is a small cable that has a female BNC connector on it so you can run the coaxial cable between the camera and the Security DVR you use to capture video. The video connections are made using BNC connectors on both ends of your RG59 coaxial cable.

Tips for buying bullet cameras:

When choosing a bullet camera for your home, choose the one that offers the best warranty! Many camera manufacturers are now offering a 5 year warranty on their cameras. This is the best way to protect your investment!

At the end of the day bullet cameras are simple to install and easy to manage. There is a lot of information on the web that will help you choose the right camera for your application. Doing your research, comparing cameras specifications, educating yourself, and evaluating warranties will ensure you make the best buying decision. The more knowledge you have will ensure our security camera installation is a complete success!